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Description - The Wall by Ilan Stavans

Winner of the Massachusetts Book Award for Poetry

The Wall is a poetic exploration-across time, space, and language, real as well as metaphorical-of the U.S.-Mexican wall dividing the two civilizations, of similar walls (Jerusalem, China, Berlin, Warsaw, etc.) in history, and of the act of separating people by ideology, class, race, and other subterfuges. It is an indictment of hateful political rhetoric. In the spirit of Virgil's Aeneid and Spoon River Anthology by Edgar Lee Master, it gives voice in symphonic fashion to an assortment of participants (immigrants, border patrol, soldiers, activists, presidents, people dead and alive) involved in the debate on walls. It brings in elements of literature and pop culture, fashion and cuisine. Poetry becomes a tool to explore raw human emotions in all its extremes.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780822965282
ISBN-10: 0822965283
Format: Paperback / softback
(230mm x 150mm x mm)
Pages: 120
Imprint: University of Pittsburgh Press
Publisher: University of Pittsburgh Press
Publish Date: 1-Mar-2018
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Ilan Stavans

Ilan Stavans is Lewis-Sebring Professor of Humanities, Latin American, and Latino Culture at Amherst College. He is a renowned essayist, cultural critic, and translator. Stavans has authored, coauthored, or edited many works of fiction, nonfiction, graphic novels, and anthologies. He is the editor of The Norton Anthology of Latino Literature, and hosts the NPR podcast In Contrast.

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